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Old 02-04-2011, 03:51 AM   #21
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Damn this is crazy. When I was 19 I no longer lived at home. But, when I was 18, I would have had to shovel my families driveway, then dig MY car out which was parked on the street so that I could go to WORK.

Considering she is 19 and doesn't drive her self around, and you are kind enough not to make her walk since she doesn't drive, I support your position.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:51 PM   #22
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Come on now. At 19 he could shovel all the driveways in the neighborhood and still have the energy to get frisky.
No way. If her bf is too lazy to come see her, then he'd probably be too lazy to even start. From what I've seen of most 19 year olds lately, if that were the option, then he'd probably dump her. Too much work to "get some".

kung, you did the right thing, and I heartily applaude you. I've had similar arguments with my 14 year old son already, and he's starting to figure it out. I give my kids an allowance, not for specific chores to be done, but for the shared responsibility of maintaining a household, and I tell them exactly that. Which means that I won't ask them to clean a bathroom that is already clean, just because it's their chore, but I may tell them to do things that don't get done regularly such as cleaning and reorganizing the garage. And in the case of this snowstorm, they both helped me out with shoveling/blowing out our driveway and two of our neighbors. I felt it was a good lesson in community.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:05 PM   #23
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I think she should have helped pitch in. In one sense she is a 19 yr old girl and probably not the best snow shoveler around.
Come on it ain't rocket science. She should be able to be able to "Master" the skill in 3 minutes. And here training course should have started while she was in her single digits.IMHO

 
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:10 PM   #24
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You are a mean terrible person and the world should have more people like you. Mabye there wouldnt be so many lazy kids out there

 
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Old 02-04-2011, 04:23 PM   #25
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Years ago, when my stepdaughters were 10 and 12, I use to hear from them how they were treated like slaves because they had to do chores around the house. Their chores included unloading the dishwasher, taking the garbage out, disarming the “land mines” the dogs left in the back yard, and general cleaning around the house. I grew up on a farm and would tell them they had no idea what chores were. Of course, their response was “Well that would be fun taking care of animals.”
So, that summer I arranged for them to spend a week at my parent’s house. I asked my parents to let them experience farm life chores as I had. Dad would get them up at 5 AM to go feed the animals. He had about 75 head of beef cattle, six horses, some pigs, chickens, a couple of dogs and a goat. After the animals were fed then you got to go in, get cleaned up and eat breakfast. After breakfast there was always something around the farm that needed attention. Weeding the garden, fixing a fence, mowing the lawn, etc. At the end of the day the animals got fed again. I’m sure they didn’t get the full effect, but enough that it opened their eyes. The missed out on hauling hay and getting up every two hours during the night to change the water (flood irrigation).
After that whenever they would complain about their chores, I would remind them how good they had it and it would generally shut them right up!
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Old 02-04-2011, 04:59 PM   #26
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Years ago, when my stepdaughters were 10 and 12, I use to hear from them how they were treated like slaves because they had to do chores around the house. Their chores included unloading the dishwasher, taking the garbage out, disarming the “land mines” the dogs left in the back yard, and general cleaning around the house. I grew up on a farm and would tell them they had no idea what chores were. Of course, their response was “Well that would be fun taking care of animals.”
So, that summer I arranged for them to spend a week at my parent’s house. I asked my parents to let them experience farm life chores as I had. Dad would get them up at 5 AM to go feed the animals. He had about 75 head of beef cattle, six horses, some pigs, chickens, a couple of dogs and a goat. After the animals were fed then you got to go in, get cleaned up and eat breakfast. After breakfast there was always something around the farm that needed attention. Weeding the garden, fixing a fence, mowing the lawn, etc. At the end of the day the animals got fed again. I’m sure they didn’t get the full effect, but enough that it opened their eyes. The missed out on hauling hay and getting up every two hours during the night to change the water (flood irrigation).
After that whenever they would complain about their chores, I would remind them how good they had it and it would generally shut them right up!
Classic!

My FIL (typical chauvinistic eastern european) gives me crap all the time about how I'd never survive being a farmer/fending for myself in the country. While I do disagree with him, I never use my thoughts that I could as my argument. I always tell him I spent 7 years in college so I would never have to. Needless to say, we don't really see eye to eye.

 
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:04 PM   #27
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Bravo! Nicely handled

My in-laws are dealing with similiar with my sister in law who is only 17. My wife is total oppoiste personaility wise. But this one, man, major sense of the entiltlement. Sadly my in-laws don't throw the hammer down hard enough, nor frequent enough. A long cycle of caving in to her in the past has finally come back to bite them.

 
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:59 AM   #28
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Ditto, what pretty much everyone above me has said. Time to lay down some ground rules, & make CWWO (child who will obey) carry her own weight. At her age (granted, I'm 29), I was not only shoveling sidewalks, but splitting firewood, washing cars, & doing laundry for myself. Do like the B-52's said, and lay down the law.
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:50 PM   #29
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To better assess the situation we're going to need pics of her pouting on the couch.



 
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:07 PM   #30
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This is harsh...................You are turning into a Republican.

A Democrat would have paid her to sit on the couch yesterday, drove her to boy friend's house and gave her money to buy dinner.


Edit: You did the right thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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